10 Little-Known Tricks for Perfect Sleep on a Flight

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ten little-known tricks for perfect airplane sleep people who can easily fall asleep on a plane are among the lucky few because most of us aren't able to doze off in a cramped space sitting in such an uncomfortable position and surrounded by total strangers what if we told you there are some simple tricks that can help you catch some Z's onboard who knew that flying on a Tuesday or keeping your seat belt fastened could actually make a difference 10 night is the best time for a flight it's great if you can pick a flight for the time you usually sleep at wake up two to three hours earlier on the day of your flight to help you fall asleep faster on board later on also get to the airport a couple hours in advance and even earlier for international flights from larger airports it will allow you to avoid the unnecessary stress of waiting in line to check-in and rushing through security save yourself the trouble of feeling like you're running late plus you'll have enough time to do everything you normally do before going to bed want to brush your teeth no problem you have time for that you normally read before you fall asleep you can do that before you get on the plane as well this will trick your body into thinking it's just another regular day and taking your seat on the plane will feel like sliding into bed already for a good night's sleep 9 the best days to fly are tuesdays and wednesdays do you like it when the plane is overcrowded and you've got a crying kid on one side of you and a loud obnoxious football fan on the other and you say yes oh ok then you can just ignore this one for everyone else here's a hit if you want fewer passengers and more space pick the most unpopular days for booking flights tuesdays and wednesdays as a rule we might even get up to three seats to yourself oh those are my favorite travel moment and even if you're not that lucky there's a good chance the flight crew will kindly let you take a seat further from noisy passengers traveling in this bliss is unlikely to happen on a Friday or any days before holidays since those are the most fully loaded flights eight the perfect seat is by the window always try to pick a window seat to rest your head on the wall and not be bothered by your neighbor wanting to get up to go to the bathroom if you normally sleep on your left side aim for see a if your right side is your preferred sleeping position pick the window seat on the opposite side of the plane now here's a fun fact British airline easyJet's as the most popular seat among all passengers is 7x I guess it's got something to do with luck for all those superstitious travelers out there hey better safe than sorry however if you want to be in a quiet place it's a good idea to avoid the front part of the plane and the seats near the compartment wall I know the abundance of leg space is tempting but these seats are commonly reserved by families with infants a bathroom seat isn't a good option either if you want to be in the most stable part of the plane pick the seats over the wings keep all of this in mind when booking tickets that have a seat pre selection option checking in online or describing your preferences at the airport check-in desk 7 tilts your seat back to the max if you want good quality sleep in the cabin adjust your seat as far back as it'll go just make sure the person behind you doesn't mind hours of sitting at a right angle can cause painting your waist and lower back and sleeping with your head on the food tray or on the back of the seat in front of you is bad for your neck and spine plus it's not very polite to the person sitting in that seat in front of you you might not realize it but you're pushing their seat forward when you're leaning against it so try to get the ideal angle of 135 degrees to minimize the pressure on your spinal disks you can also rest your legs on your carry-on or place the little pillow they give you under your knees six clothes should be warm and comfortable we know you always want to look your best especially if you're traveling for business and expecting an airport pickup from potential partners upon arrival however to have a sound nap onboard you should wear loose clothes made of natural materials that don't constrict your movements if your airline doesn't provide blankets take a jacket and warm socks too it gets pretty cold in the cabin and that makes it hard to fall asleep oh and one more thing please please please do not wear adult footie jammies leave those things at home not everyone deserves to see them you know and if you have to look professional upon arrival pyrius suit with you and change into it after landing safely five fasten your seat belt over your clothes but wait didn't the previous points say not to wear clothes that constrict your movement isn't bad exactly what a seat belt does it's okay I hear you loud and clear let me explain you're right a seat belt fastened over your clothes or blanket won't make your sleep more comfortable but it will prevent flight attendants from waking you up if the plane experiences turbulence it's especially important for those who not only find it hard to fall asleep but also can't get back to sleep after being interrupted imagine finally falling asleep after hours of trying just to be woken up an hour or two later to make sure you're buckled up for get yourself some sleeping accessories light and noise are the main culprits that keep you from getting needed shut-eye so this answer might be obvious use a sleeping mask and earplugs you'll also need proper neck support to relax your muscles since they can't really rest if they're busy holding your head up taking a travel pillow with you is a great way to get this necessary neck support if you don't have one use a rolled up scarf or a sweatshirt some airlines provide polyester blankets but those are far from being ideal if you want real comfort which equals good sleep for a longer flight bring your own blanket with you if it sounds like too much to carry experiment with a wool scarf grief control this sense around you we all love the scent of a fresh clean pillow it makes falling asleep something you dream of for most of the day or is it just me who can't wait to get home and cuddle up with my pillow vanilla and oranges also smell really good what about burgers and sweaty legs not so much the good news is that you can control the sense in your immediate surroundings now we're not suggesting that you push your neighbor out of the plane just sprinkle the headrest of your travel pillow with some lavender oil or any other essential oil you like spraying it with your favorite perfume can also do the trick as long as you don't add too much of it by the way if you want to know where the safest seats on planes trains and other means of transport are check out this video it's seriously changed how I choose my seats now to put your gadgets away don't watch movies on your phone tablet or laptop because the blue light of the screen wakes your brain up most sleep experts say you should put away all your electronics at least half an hour or better yet an hour before you plan on dozing off take a proper book instead and opt for a boring one at that it'll help you fall asleep faster it also won't hurt to listen to calming sounds like bird singing or rain falling what can be better than the sound of a light breeze it'll calm your brain down instead of activating it like electronic screens do one food and drinks chicken or fish fish or chicken ah the endless choices of airplane food you can have either of those but not too much of it if you want to be fast asleep don't overeat onboard the food should be light and healthy while the best drink option is tea the herbal variety is perfect or just plain water forget about coffee or alcohol the latter of which might calm you down but it ruins your quality of sleep you'll most likely wake up a couple hours later feeling groggy and with a dry mouth the kind of sleep you get after consuming alcohol isn't exactly restorative also as much as you want to try all the cool exotic boots from the airport food court before takeoff don't do it stick with what you normally eat so that you won't upset your stomach too much have your own tricks to share the comments section is all yours to speak up give this video a like if you found it useful and click Subscribe life is better on the bright side


BRIGHT SIDE · May 14, 2019 at 9:08 am

Hey everybody! What do you need for perfect sleep?

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MC Preschool playhouse · May 14, 2019 at 9:08 am

Can someone do video how to get perfect sleep on Ryanair plane iff You are 6ft plus?

Sal Meza · May 14, 2019 at 9:08 am

this should be titled how to annoy your fellow passengers. Never spray fragrance in an enclosed location, unless you want to give your fellow passengers headaches. The only worst piece of advise you gave was to do the full recline, you are sure to be hated by the people behind you.

Ivy Lockwood · May 14, 2019 at 9:08 am

Lol. I have a flight this Wednesday to Sydney.

The sanitary Seal · May 14, 2019 at 9:08 am

7:00 wait arenโ€™t we watching this video?

Sara Carter · May 14, 2019 at 9:08 am

Everytime Iโ€™m always on a plane I sleep as if I never slept for decades

Anna-Maria Videnlieva · May 14, 2019 at 9:08 am

It sounds kinda weird, but for me the best way to sleep is rest my head on the wall and then put a jacket over my head. ..๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Sub to me idk why · May 14, 2019 at 9:08 am

What if you are the one with the crying baby AND the loud football fan??

Alex Le · May 14, 2019 at 9:08 am

I dont eat airplane food i bring my own food

Alex Le · May 14, 2019 at 9:08 am

Welll now alot of peeps r gonna go on tuesday and wednesday now….

Kitty Pawter · May 14, 2019 at 9:08 am

Probably shouldn't mention this but…

I had like 15 minutes of sleep on an airplane from the airport in China to the airport here in the US (plus, I slept at 11 at night and woke up at 6 in the morning) ๐Ÿ˜

Jules Dolan · May 14, 2019 at 9:08 am

That's what Ativan is for….I sleep thru 13 hour flights using it.

Pavlina Romans · May 14, 2019 at 9:08 am

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Bethany Shipway · May 14, 2019 at 9:08 am

I take 15 hour flights a few times a year so I have tried a few things to make it more pleasant. I used to hate flying and never slept on the plane but now I can sleep for the majority of the flight.. usually around 12 hours by following my routine below!
– take gravol 30 mins before flight
– wait until first meal is served before doing any of the next steps (usually within the first hour of the flight)
– after eating I usually go to the bathroom and get changed into my pjs, wash my face and brush my teeth.. basically whatever you do before you go to bed when you are at home.
– take a 5mg pill of Zopiclone (ask your doctor for a prescription but sometimes this isnโ€™t needed as the gravol can make you drowsy as well)
– apply lip balm as my lips usually get very dry on the plane, especially when Iโ€™m sleeping. The dark blue Blistex works best.
– I download guided sleep meditation videos to my phone and listen to them with my headphones on (The Honest Guys is my favourite YouTube channel for this)
– put on a lavender scented moisturiser on my hands and around my neck. The scent is very faint so the person next to you wonโ€™t be bothered by it but it will help relax you.
– put on my eye mask and fluffy socks
– when and if I wake up during the flight, I usually go to the bathroom and stand at the back of the plane for a few minutes to help the blood circulate to my legs then I fall to sleep when I get back to my seat :). Remember to keep a water bottle with you and stay hydrated.

Ibrahim Puliyathungal · May 14, 2019 at 9:08 am

In previous vedio you said morning is the best time to travel in flight. But now you saying night is the best time to travel in flight …….

NotMykl · May 14, 2019 at 9:08 am

#1 thing people should do before getting on a plane is bathe. #2 If your feet stink don't take off your shoes. #3 Be considerate of your fellow travelers – ask before reclining. #4 If you snore use snore strips.

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Jen Thedford · May 14, 2019 at 9:08 am

I'm usually sleep before the plane takes off. ๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ˜‡

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cartoon rewatch · May 14, 2019 at 9:08 am

you might not realise but your acctuley pushing there seat
Me: bitxg I know what I'm doing and I'm doing it on purpose

rob379 · May 14, 2019 at 9:08 am

-Noise cancelling over-the-ear headphones.
-Lots of hydration the day before the flight… 1/4 Gatorade, 3/4 Water. Force it down a bit more than natural consumption.
-Gravol, just before boarding the aircraft.
-Eat minimally 18 hours before the flight, consume no alcohol prior the flight, and limit any alcohol on-board to 1 drink.
-Eat the aircraft meal in moderation… and if you are not used to certain foods (lactose intolerance, etc…) shy away from consuming everything on your tray.
-bring a light-weight hat or cap ๐Ÿงข and ensure it is lose fitting… it may provide some ease of anxiety.
-wear comfortable shoes and cotton socks or wool-blend… never synthetic
-wear comfortable cotton clothing that you have tested at home while sitting down.
-request your Physicianโ€™s opinion on a mild sedative.
-relieve your spouse and yourself beforehand… mile-high club attempts only add stress.

AKEWSD · May 14, 2019 at 9:08 am

I do the opposite and still sleep. My flights is 15h.
1. Binge watch
2. Order all the free food and drinks
3. Sit at the front or near bathroom so I don't have to wait on the line.

Dan Romcebo · May 14, 2019 at 9:08 am

Move your seat ๐Ÿ’บ back as far as you can? The seat ๐Ÿ’บ only move back like 1/2โ€